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Fine Art A Level at Central Foundation Boys School

Course description

The Fine Art course requires students to work independently and develop ideas based on their personal interests. In year 12, students are introduced to a range of materials, techniques and processes, which they are expected to develop independently based on primary and secondary research. Students should use gallery and museum visits to inform their art practice.

If students are taking the AS qualification, they will begin working on an Externally Set Task in January of year 12. This is a project that involves contextual research, development of ideas through experimentation and refinement, leading to a final piece created under exam conditions.

Those who choose to work through to the full A level will begin their Personal Investigation at the end of year 12. This is a self-initiated project, developing ideas that are personal to the student. This includes practical work, a final piece and written element. Students will then begin their Externally Set Assignment in January of year 13. This follows the same structure as the AS Assignment, but has a longer ‘exam’ time and demands higher levels of skill, development and contextual understanding.

Entry requirements

To study Fine Art as part of a full A level programme you may need an average GCSE point score of 6 (B) including a score of 6 (equivalent to B) in Art GCSE (or a related subject) as well as a minimum of grade 6 (B) in both Maths and English.


OCR exam board: AS level = 100% Externally Set Assignment. Exam time = 10 hours (2 days).

A level = 60% Personal Investigation, 40% Externally Set Assignment. Exam time = 15 hours (3 days).

You will study 6 periods per week and are expected to contribute several hours per week of independent working.

Future opportunities

Students go on to study courses such as Art Foundation (a one year pre-degree course) Architecture, Advertising, Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration, amongst many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Boys School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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